Cristosal was born in 2000 as a collaboration between Episcopalian ministers in the United States and El Salvador. The Very Reverend Richard Bower, who had recently retired as the Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Syracuse, and The Right Reverend Martin Barahona, who was consecrated in 2000 as the first Salvadoran bishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador, came together to form Cristosal.
The organization started as a way for individuals and churches from North America to share relationships and resources with the Church of El Salvador. Inspired by the Church’s focus on justice and rights in post-civil war El Salvador, Cristosal opened a human rights office. Cristosal also began to facilitate communication as the Church developed a voice on national issues.
In 2010, Noah Bullock became the first in-country Executive Director of Foundation Cristosal. Since then, Cristosal has grown from two to over twenty-two employees in El Salvador, gained nonprofit status independent of the Church, pioneered models for cross-cultural learning, and become a leader in human rights-based development and a resource for policy-makers worldwide.